"Hay--man!  It's Purim!"

haman greenAnd it’s one of our favorite holidays at ComedySportz. Former ensemble member Josh Breit describes this Jewish holiday as a “combination of Halloween and Mardi Gras.”  It celebrates the story of Purim from the Book of Esther, one of the books of the Tanakh. In that story, Esther saves the Jews from the King’s evil, anti-Semitic henchman Hamen, who plans to annihilate all the Jews in the land, but ends up himself hanging from the gallows he had built for the Jews!”

“The religious service is a rowdy one where everyone cheers and boos in response to the story and uses noisemakers called “graggers” whenever Hamen’s name is spoken. We eat triangular cookies called Hamentashen, modeled after Hamen’s triangular hat. Many people go to temple dressed up as characters from the story, and there is usually a festival outside the temple following the service.”  These festivals frequently include carnival games, and Josh says he won many a live goldfish at these events due to his skill at ring toss.


Purim will be celebrated from sundown on Saturday, February 23 through sundown, Sunday, February 24.  ComedySportz will observe the holidays Thursday February 21 through Saturday, Saturday, February 23 with kohser wines for sale at our bar and free Hamentashen, so come join us. And if you’re planning a party of 15 or more for Purim, we’d be happy to host. Just call our Director of Group Sales, Jo-El Lacy at 773-549-8080, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To make ticket reservations for groups of fewer than 15, call 773-549-8080 or visit www.ticketmaster.com


Improv games to feature lovers, souvenir photos to memorialize the nights.


ComedySportz shows for Valentine's Day Weekend - February 14 to 16 - will include special improv games tailored for couples. In a variation of TV's Newlywed Game, called "Perfect Date," couples will be tested on their knowledge of what each other considers the perfect date. Other surprises throughout the shows will celebrate the loving couples in attendance.

An added bonus will be free "Funny Valentine Photos." All in attendance will be offered a free portrait photo in front of a ComedySportz backdrop. Guests are encouraged to make them as funny as they want.  We'll share (with their consent) the best ones on our Facebook page. The extra activities will happen at all siz performances Valentine's Day Weekend, beginnning with the Valentine's Day show on Thursday, February 14th and continuing through Saturday, February 16th. Tickets are selling fast, so please call early for reservations!  Call 1-773-549-8080 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Discounted tickets available for over 75 Chicago shows!

Our fanz know Chicago is the comedy capital of the US, but a lot of people say it’s also the best American city for live theatre of all sorts. We’re proud to be part of the larger community of world-class performing artists that live and work here and we’re happy to support the first-ever Chicago Theatre Week, February 12-17, 2013. That week, audiences will have the chance to sample over 75 different theatre productions across the city at reduced prices. We think it’s a great reason for our out-of-town friends to plan a trip to the Windy City and for local residents to clear their schedules and sample the variety of live shows here in our city.  (Including a trip to ComedySportz, we modestly suggest).

For this special week, participating theaters – including ComedySportz – are offering a limited number of tickets for either $15 or $30 per person. ComedySportz tickets are available for $15.00 online through Ticketmaster or through our box office by calling 773-549-8080.with the code THWEEK. The number available at this low price is strictly limited, so we recommend calling as soon as possible. The complete list of participating theaters and shows is online at www.chicagotheatreweek.com and information on ordering tickets for other theaters is provided there as well.

During the course of the week, there will be special events at participating theatres, including enrichment activities such as talk backs with artists. The most current listing of events and offers is available at www.chicagotheatreweek.com .

The timing of Chicago Theatre Week couldn’t be better. The dates include Valentine’s Day on February 14th – a wonderful day to experience something as special as live theater together. (We’ll have some special Valentine’s Day activities at ComedySportz as well.). And, the week leads up to President’s Day on Monday, February 18th – giving an extra day of travel time for out-of-town visitors to get back home after taking in a week of live Chicago theater and comedy!

Chicago Theatre Week is sponsored by the League of Chicago Theatre and Choose Chicago, the official agency for marketing Chicago to the world as a travel destination.  ComedySportz is a proud member of both organizations and is thrilled to support this exciting event.  For visitors and residents alike, this will be a great week to be in Chicago.




Limited Time Special Offer Invites Fans to see ComedySportz at 10 PM Plus One of Our Midnight Shows for $22!*

This weekend, and for the next three weekends after that, fans can see our 10PM shows on Friday and Saturday plus our midnight shows for just $22*. This gives all a great chance to check out our sensational new uncensored late night talk show, Talk Hard, hosted by Jamie Campbell and Kevin Pomeroy.

Each week, there’s a topical monologue, remote video segments, off-the-wall characters and bizarre special guests. The Chicago Reader calls it “a showcase to watch.” This cutting edge show is open to guests of all shapes and sizes over the age of 18.

Saturday midnights are home to The Hot Karl – a strictly adult improv show that has been a hit since 1999. Jack Helbig of The Chicago Reader put it this way: “Every Saturday at midnight, “The Hot Karl” folks start their gig by announcing that they're going to create the foulest, most disgusting fully improvised show in Chicago. Then they do it…. The material was very funny and very blue… the grosser the players got, the more expertly they improvised.”

The Hot Karl may offend, but only in those rare moments when you’re not laughing hysterically.  Adults 18+ only.


Both shows make a great nightcap to our main stage show, ComedySportz. Our 10 PM ComedySportz shows, like our earlier performances, are clean and smart improv comedy that everyone can enjoy. Enjoy ninety minutes of short scenes, songs & games based on your suggestions and performed by two teams of improvisers battling for your approval to win their competitive comedy match. Then be ready for a walk on the wilder side with one of our midnight shows.


Tickets for our Late Night Double Feature Special can be reserved by calling 773-549-8080 and giving the code DOUBLE. *Offer good for shows performed through February 9, 2013.

Regular price for Talk Hard orThe Hot Karl is $10.


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